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  • Why License Tour Guides but not Laboratorians?

      A recent article in the Economist made me chuckle. It covers in a deliberately humorous way, the story that tour guides in Washington, DC must be licensed, or face stiff fines.   The idea is that a certain body of knowledge is needed and the public can be fleeced or shortchanged if everyone and their uncle start ...
  • A New Year, New Decade, New Challenges

    2010 is on the horizon; the dawn of a new year and a new decade. It's natural to reminisce about what has transpired these past few years and what to expect-or hope for- in 2010 and beyond. I have some suggestions. Reminisce.  Think back on how far we have come. Think how much science and technology have changed. Instead of all day enzyme ...
  • Competency

    According to CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Sec. 493.1413(b)(8), the technical consultant is responsible for ''evaluating the competency of testing personnel.'' There are a number of ways to do this: direct observation, review of records, analyzing previously tested samples, and so on. These have to be written procedures ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on September 30, 2009